The Library can be used by anyone who registers and accepts thereby the Library's regulations. Access is granted only to registered readers with a valid Reading Card which can be obtained free of charge upon production of a valid photo ID (personal ID, passport, driving licence). Readers must present their Reading Card both at the Security Check and in the Reading Room, and are requested to sign the Visitor's Book each time they come.
Library membership and fees
Library card for one year : HUF 2,000
Library card for one year for students (student ID required): HUF 1,000
Library card for one year for those above 70 and for staff members of libraries, archives and institutions housing public collections (proof of eligibility required): free of charge
Day ticket: HUF 500
Replacement of lost library card: HUF 500
Replacement of lost cloakroom key: HUF 500
Photocopying (A4): HUF 25/sheet
Scanning (A4): HUF 40/page
Use of own camera: HUF 500/day
The Library of the Museum of Fine Arts is a research library. Its holdings are for reference only and may be used exclusively in the Reading Room. The Library does not lend out materials except as interlibrary loans. In the Reading Room, readers have free access to a reference collection of an approximately 20 000 volumes. Readers can fetch any book they need, but they should NOT replace them after use. Books no longer required should be placed on the desk marked "Books for reshelving".
The major part of the holdings, approximately 150 000 volumes, is stored in bookstacks or in branch libraries in the main museum building. Books have an individual call number, which can be established from the catalogues, and can be requested on call slips obtainable at the information desk. Books in stacks are delivered to the reader's desk in half an hour, but those in branch libraries can be obtained only the following day. Requested books should always be returned directly to the library staff.
Up to 5 books may be reserved for later use. They are kept for 7 days from the date on the reserve slip, before being reshelved.
Readers may consult CD-ROMs and search online databases with the assistance of the Reading Room staff.
The Library takes on orders for photocopies from its holdings, provided that the condition of the original allows it. Strictly no photocopies can be made of materials published before 1950 or materials from the special collections.
The electronic catalogue is complete. However, some 50 % of the pre-1992 acquisitions (approximately 30 % of the complete holdings) is catalogued with basic bibliographic data only (author, title, place, date and call number). Readers looking for books published before 1992 are recommended to check them in the card catalogue as well. The electronic catalogue can be consulted on one of the Reading Room terminals. It is not accessible online.
The card catalogue is complete until 1992. Cards are filed in case of
books: by author/editor, viz. by catchword (eg. Die Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland);
exhibition catalogues: by town, then by museum/gallery, then by year;
periodicals and series: by catchword (eg. The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes).
The text "I. emelet" [1st Floor] or a shelf mark beginning with "O_..." in the elhelyezés [placing] field of the electronic catalogue designates that the sought publication is on open shelves in the Reading Room. Everything else means that it has to be requested at the Information Desk by entering its call number on a call slip. The call number is found in the field of the electronic catalogue. Call numbers beginning with "+...", "–...", "A...", or "G..." stand for books and periodicals stored in branch libraries.